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Renaming a field

Example that explains how to rename a field.

RenameField.java
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/*
    This file is part of the iText (R) project.
    Copyright (c) 1998-2020 iText Group NV
    Authors: iText Software.
 
    For more information, please contact iText Software at this address:
    sales@itextpdf.com
 */
/**
 * Example written by Bruno Lowagie in answer to:
 * http://stackoverflow.com/questions/21344750/itextsharp-renamefield-bug
 * <p>
 * When renaming a field, you need to respect the existing hierarchy.
 */
package com.itextpdf.samples.sandbox.acroforms;
 
import com.itextpdf.kernel.pdf.PdfDocument;
import com.itextpdf.kernel.pdf.PdfReader;
import com.itextpdf.kernel.pdf.PdfWriter;
import com.itextpdf.forms.PdfAcroForm;
import com.itextpdf.forms.fields.PdfFormField;
 
import java.io.File;
import java.util.Map;
 
public class RenameField {
    public static final String DEST = "./target/sandbox/acroforms/rename_field.pdf";
 
    public static final String SRC = "./src/test/resources/pdfs/subscribe.pdf";
 
    public static void main(String args[]) throws Exception {
        File file = new File(DEST);
        file.getParentFile().mkdirs();
 
        new RenameField().manipulatePdf(DEST);
    }
 
    public void manipulatePdf(String dest) throws Exception {
        PdfDocument pdfDoc = new PdfDocument(new PdfReader(SRC), new PdfWriter(dest));
        PdfAcroForm form = PdfAcroForm.getAcroForm(pdfDoc, true);
 
        form.renameField("personal.loginname", "login");
 
        pdfDoc.close();
 
        pdfDoc = new PdfDocument(new PdfReader(dest));
        form = PdfAcroForm.getAcroForm(pdfDoc, true);
        Map<String, PdfFormField> fields = form.getFormFields();
 
        // See the renamed field in the console
        for (String name : fields.keySet()) {
            System.out.println(name);
        }
 
        pdfDoc.close();
    }
}

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Click the following link to see the legacy example for iText 5. Except for security fixes, iText 5 is no longer being developed.



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